The Post-van Persie Era begins: Time to Move On
132 goals in 277 games.
These are the stats of a player who was a legend in the making at Arsenal Football club, the Shoprite of football, as a friend joked.
Despite being a sport loved by many, football is also a business entity, where transactions are done over specific periods in the game’s calendar. Players have left their teams for good, bad and ugly reasons. The curious case of Robin van Persie has dragged on for the best part of one month, and reality has donned on every Gooner that he’s actually going to
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He had stated that he wanted to win trophies, but it became clear to him that he disagreed in many aspects, the way the club was supposed to move forward. The proactive signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud was followed up by the acquisition of Santi Cazorla, but it wasn’t still good enough for Mr. Ambition, Robin van Persie.
The speculation regarding his future was rife, and potential suitors arrived as well. The mega riches of Anzhi, Paris St. Germain and Manchester City, the prestigious and illustrious Juventus and of course, the eternal and fierce rivals, Manchester United. After weighing his options with his agent, Juventus, Manchester City and Manchester United were favorites to sign the forward but the first two names in the aforementioned list fell by the roadside, leaving Sir Alex Ferguson and his hordes sure-fire favorites to land the Dutchman.
The media Vultures did their bit to sell him to Manchester United, but I took every bit of info with a pinch of salt until I mistakenly visited Arsenal’s official website to see,
“Arsenal Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Robin van Persie to Manchester United.
Van Persie will travel to Manchester on Thursday in order to agree personal terms and complete a medical ahead of the proposed move.
Further updates will feature on Arsenal.com in due course.”
BBC Sport reported that a £24m bid had been agreed by both parties, and the deal may be wrapped up before Manchester United’s curtain raiser against Everton on Sunday. For reasons best known to Chuck Norris, Frankenstein and Lord Voldemort, soon-to-be-captain, Thomas Vermaelen, still remains optimistic that he’s going to stay.
On the bright side, the shrewd Arsene Wenger has struck gold yet again in selling a player who was purchased for £2.75m eight years ago. Hopefully, the money will be re-invested back into the transfer market, as Inside Spanish Football claims that Arsenal has locked its cross hairs on Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente. The Gunners were also heavily linked with a move for Olympiakos’ Kevin Mirallas but he’s set to sign for Everton (via the Metro).
Keeping van Persie against his will would have made him sulk like a baby who needs its mama’s breast milk, and on the business side, there was no point keeping him when there was a potential to sell him for megabucks. The last time I checked, Arsenal has always been all about the profits, but it’s really shameful to know that the club let its prized asset go to its bitter rivals, Manchester United.
The prospect of watching him with Wayne Rooney is worse than seeing Freddy Kreuger and Jason X in the same movie, but reality really bites worse than a hungry canine.
Laurent Koscielny has been a revelation since his move from Lorient, and unlike van Persie, he was quick to put pen to paper when the offer arrived at the table. Bosscielny has tipped his buddie, Giroud, to fill van Persie’s big boots to bang in the goals at the Emirates,
“I played with him at Tours and he was a great player then. Now he is even more confident and scores lots of goals. I know his qualities and he will give a lot for us. I know he has the physical quality to play in this league. For a striker it is about confidence and I am sure he working hard to start well with Arsenal.”
To make Gooners out there change the frowns caused by van Persie’s shenanigans to smiles, Koscielny has declared that he can be better this year and he has everything he needs to be happy at Arsenal.
It’s also worth noting that the great burden of goal scoring won’t be placed on Giroud’s shoulders because there’s a certain German clinical Machine that has waited patiently for the Number 10 jersey. Lukas Podolski has assured the Arsenal faithful to expect many more goals from him this season and he also reiterated his desire to win the Premier League with his new club as well.
Giroud and Podolski may be new to the English game, but with the ammunition the likes of Santi Cazorla, Alex Song (if he stays), Gervinho, Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta et al would supply to them, they are sure to smash in the goals. To refresh your memory, here’s a friendly reminder.
In his eight years at the club, van Persie gave his all on the pitch and he put his body in the line several times for Arsenal as well as the Netherlands. However, he has chosen a new chapter in his football career and that’s a decision that has been respected by Arsenal Football Club.
The post-van Persie era has begun.
Let’s move on.
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Posted on August 16, 2012, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Robin van Persie, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.
Look on the bright side, there’s a good chance RVP will get an ankle injury that will keep him out for 6 months.
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Read this post with a heavy heart, just tryin to figure out where we lost it. Its saddening tho, losing players we truly luv, but life goes on and I believe we (ARSENAL) are going to come out stronger. Just have to keep praying SONG doesn’t follow suite.
If Song follows suit, it will be shameful but life goes on bro
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This is so amazing
ok I wish RVP best of look at united
Spot on, nice post
Come on everyone, there is no reason to be depressed. Looking at previous years our chances of getting the same goal tally from rvp was very unlikely. Especially as he has been playing a lot of international football in the summer. Our new purchases look awesome and their enthusiasm will give the team a much needed shot in the arm. Besides they will be that much more eager now they know that they will get the time on the pitch to prove it. Wenger has brought the best football to this club and will continue to do so if we give him the space to work. Our club is the most stable in these torrid times, we should be wary about chasing short term success with a cheque book. We have something we should be very proud of. In Wenger I trust, rip rvp (he was no Dennis, Wright or Henry! Lol).
I dnt know what to feel. I really do love robin though he has persie-d the arsenal. I have wanted him to be a greater legend than henry, to win all in arsenal. But, in reality we move on. Many of his goals will stick to my memories: i remeber him coming in as a sub, scoring an equalizer against man utd, injuring while scoring, subbed out before henry scored from an eboue cross. I hope OG12, LP10, SC30, MA8 stays fit, AS17 stays, JW19 comes back. NB52 shud stay cos chamakh goes on loan to blackburn. We will win ds season. Arsenal till death.
The feeling is really sad.
Arsenal for life
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Wow, i’m so happy to see an ‘ILL LUCK’ leave my beloved club, Arsenal. Have u goöners once askd urselves this question?. Since d inclusion of RvP to Arsenal, we have been very unlucky, we lost FA cup finals to Chelsea, Carling to Martins, injuries to him and key players, wrong decisions by refs, He always hit d post dat he was nick-named ‘bar persie’. I dont care whether he joined our rival or not. I care more bout we. I dont wish him bad luck and i dont wish him gud luck as well.
Hey guys chill, i see great things ahead this season. I’m feelin gud, i’m havin fun, disis d best tym of my lyf. Surely, dis will b our best season, watchaout!!!…
Well RVP knew he would have had to perform in this next year to get his payday, so that’s a year of guaranteed form
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